Paint Tips for an easy prep and clean-up

I love painting. I love how with it a little work you can get a total transformation. However, with two little kids at home, sometimes I only have an hour or two during the day to work on a project.  If I want to make progress, I have to maximize my painting time and make my clean up and prep time as efficient as possible.

This post sums up my most time-saving tips.  I hope you’ll find it useful if you have only an hour to paint a day or all day.

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1. Stick a white garbage bag over your trim tray.

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This will prevent frequent trips to Home Depot to stock up on trim trays.  But the best part is it also makes for a quick clean-up. When you’re done painting you can pour the remaining paint back in the paint can or just discard the whole bag altogether. Easy-peasy.

2. Stock up on the tray liners. You can buy a ten pack for $5 at home depot. It can get a little pricey, but it seriously makes my cleanup easy. Otherwise, if you put paint directly in the aluminum tray, you would have to wash the paint off after each use.

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3.  If you’re working on the same painting project over time, you can use my favorite time-saving clean-up tip: Put your brush in a plastic zip-lock bag.  And that’s it. Some people will tell you that you need to put it in a refrigerator or freezer between uses. I leave mine in the garage.  I’ve waited up to a week between uses. Even in my dry Colorado climate, it’s always been fine for me.

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I do this with the roller too:

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5. If you get your paint at Home Depot, pick up a FREE paint can opener. (You’ll find them next to the paint stirs)

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This tool doesn’t bend the paint lid like a screwdriver can, so it makes resealing the bucket a ton easier.  It’s super useful if you’re like me and you open and seal the can often.

 


 

And there you have it- my best tips for minimizing your prep and cleanup time so you can maximize your time painting.  I hope it gives you the courage to tackle a painting project, even if you only have an hour or two to devote to it at a time. You’ll finish eventually :)

 

Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy Painting!

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